|CDR William R. Sherrod
Commander Bill Sherrod graduated from Jacksonville University in December 1994, he earned a B.A. in Communications and his commission through the Navy ROTC program.
Following initial Surface Warfare Officer pipeline training, CDR Sherrod served as the plankowner First Lieutenant onboard USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66) where he earned his Surface Warfare Officer designation. In 1998, he served as the Operations Officer and Navigator on USS SHAMAL (PC 13).
In 1999, CDR Sherrod transitioned to Naval Aviation and earned his Wings of Gold in November 2000. Following initial training in the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter, he served at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46, based in Mayport, Florida where he deployed embarked in USS DEWERT (FFG 45) as Detachment Operations Officer, USS VELLA GULF (CG 72) as Detachment Maintenance Officer, and USS WINSTON S CHURCHILL (DDG 81) as Detachment Officer in Charge. In 2004 he reported to HSL-44 serving as Training Officer, Operations Officer, and Detachment Officer in Charge deploying embarked USS HUE CITY (CG 66).
Shore tours included attendance at the Naval War College, graduating from the College of Naval Warfare with a M.A. in National Security Affairs, and assignment to U.S. Special Operations Command as a Joint Concepts Planner. Additionally, he volunteered to augment deployed units and served as the Chief of Operations for the Joint Task Force, Balad in the fall of 2009.
In 2011, CDR Sherrod served as Executive Officer of HSL-49 in North Island, California. He assumed command of the SCORPIONS in August of 2012. During his tour, HSL-49 earned Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Pacific's 2013 Golden Wrench (Expeditionary) Award for maintenance excellence, a third consecutive Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award, and the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation.
CDR Sherrod served as Navigator on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in January of 2014 until March of 2016, conducting a nearly ten-month deployment in direct support of Operations NEW DAWN and INHERENT RESOLVE.
CDR Sherrod reported as Executive Officer of USS SOMERSET (LPD 25) in June of 2016.
CDR Sherrod’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals, and several Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medals, and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals.